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Poster: 2muchtv Date: Sep 12, 2004 9:27am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: The Shot of the Day

You forgot to say 'not that there's anything wrong with that' <8^)

Seriously, however, a great opportunity to look at interpersonal interaction and the current interpretation of what would be considered homosexual activity.

Innumerable shots in this and others films of the 40s and early 50s are very difficult for younger folks to process in context, because of what is considered today to be blatantly inappropriate behavior. In ‘Other Peoples’ Property’ we see the boys touching one another’s faces, putting arms around shoulders and walking together arm-in-arm. There are also girls holding one another during the school evacuation. These and similar scenes in other films seem to render the films’ messages almost inaccessible to viewers today.

A similar example would be the conclusion by many of today’s generation that Milton Berle and Jack Benny were exhibiting homosexual behavior in their television shows, when nothing could have been farther from their minds (nor would it have passed the censors of the day).

I didn't start elementary school until 1958, but these films were still being used even then.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Sep 12, 2004 1:24pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: The Shot of the Day

Whenever I post anything about a gay subtext, I suppose I should post a disclaimer about what a big, mincing, bisexual I am...

It's all about the context of the times, I suppose.

This post was modified by ridetheory on 2004-09-12 20:24:50

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Poster: 2muchtv Date: Sep 13, 2004 11:14am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: The Shot of the Day

Not that there's anything wrong with that, either <8^)

The film idiom seems so locked into the times of the film maker that it would appear to be most difficult to make a "film for all time."

There's an Everett Edward Horton short from 1928 called "Ask Dad" (here: http://www.archive.org/details-db.php?mediatype=movies&identifier=ask_dad )

that is hilarious IF you understand the idiom (my grandparents were married in the 1920s and told me about that style of humor) but some reviewers here today hated the film.

Certain types of dramatic films seem to hold up pretty well. "Birth of a Nation," "Lost World" and the original "All's Quiet on the Western Front" still reach people today. Contemporary drama and romance seem to fall away pretty quickly, and humor, with some rare execptions like Chaplin, seems to wash out first.

This post was modified by 2muchtv on 2004-09-13 18:14:59